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[uhn-yeel-ding] /ʌnˈyil dɪŋ/
unable to bend or be penetrated under pressure; hard:
trees so unyielding that they broke in the harsh north winds.
not apt to give way under pressure; inflexible; firm:
her unyielding faith.
Origin of unyielding
Related forms
unyieldingly, adverb
unyieldingness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unyieldingly
Historical Examples
  • Soft—yes, it was soft, but the way sand is soft, unyieldingly.

  • In spite of her usual good-nature she was unyieldingly stubborn.

    Marjorie Dean Pauline Lester
  • "For that reason, play the part with all your might," he said, unyieldingly.

    Lady Rose's Daughter Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The Little Doctor struggled to release herself from the arms which held her unyieldingly and tenderly.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • That his tastes, so far as music is concerned, were rigidly and unyieldingly classical, there is no room for doubt.

  • "The Caryatid" is no more the erect figure that bears lightly or unyieldingly the heaviness of the marble.

    Auguste Rodin Rainer Maria Rilke
  • He had been severe, almost to cruelty, but he had been quite as unyieldingly austere in dealing with himself.

    The White Sister F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for unyieldingly


not compliant, submissive, or flexible: his unyielding attitude
not pliable or soft: a firm and unyielding surface
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unyieldingly



1590s of persons; 1650s, of substances; from un- (1) "not" + yielding (see yield (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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